Updated June 1, 2020
REPORT--JUNE 1, 2001
The LeValley e-mail
list at RootsWeb is now one year old. It is hard to
believe we have been doing this for
only one year, because we have
accomplished so much. Let's
now subscribe to the list. They represent four
branches of the Peter LeValley family,
two branches of the Xenia Ohio
LeVally/LeValley group, two other
previously known but unrelated LeValley
families, and some new fragments that
we haven't attached to anything yet.
Not surprisingly, the larger families
have more subscribers. It seems like I am
doing most of the talking on the list,
but I guess I don't mind if other people
We have a LeValley
web site that--even without any fancy technological
stuff--is getting high praise for
In various branches
of the family, we have made these major
breakthroughs this year:
Contacts with the
King family have turned up more variations on the
Columbus LeValley fragment has been firmly attached
We learned of a
historical novel based on the early LeValleys.
Cook's grave was
located, and names found for some of his daughters
and granddaughters. We discovered
new Pennsylvania cousins descended from
James Nelson's son Daniel.
Some of Gardner's
daughters have been named.
We have heard from
a new cousin in California, and found a whole bunch
of them in Oklahoma.
the leading expert on this line, has joined our group and is
pretty much handling correspondence
with his relatives. He is now
incorporating all of my limited information
Our very first
accomplishment was in tracing this group across the ocean
to the Channel Island of Alderney.
We learned of this
family's immediate origins (as the Valley family) in
Many dates of living
persons were added to this family tree.
There have been
less spectacular gains in almost every branch of every
LeValley family. It's been a
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2002
The LeValley e-mail
list at RootsWeb is now two years old, and progress continues.
now subscribe to the list. Much of our work this past year has
with the finally available 1870 and 1880 censuses. And our web
has grown to include many new features. These include people with
LeValley as a first or middle name, and several early manuscripts: the
Snow Manuscript on the family of Peter LeValley, several manuscripts on
descendants of Peter's son John, Bible records from the family of
son Michael, and the Paxson Manuscript about the separate Xenia, Ohio,
In the various branches
of the LeValley families, we have made these discoveries:
Walla Walla, Washington group of LeValleys has been attached
This came as a surprise.
We have shared
previously unseen documents from Lockport NY.
Some cemetery tramping
at Flint MI gave us more dates.
We have shared
some biographies and documents from Victoria IL.
A pile of newspaper
clippings and a copy of The Basket Letters have yielded lots of
details on the LeValley/LaValley family at Fernwood NY.
Another of Gardner's
daughters has been identified.
We have learned
more details of the Oklahoma LaValley bunch.
I received an inquiry
from a woman trying to locate her school friend from Hickman CA.
By the time we finished exchanging clues, she had found her friend, and
I had found the link to this New England family.
Keith Cline from
Part 2 of this family has joined us, bringing lots of fresh
All three branches of this group are now represented on the list.
has joined us, bringing more information on the earliest generations.
The 1880 census
revealed a previously unknown daughter.
A new contact has
updated part of this family tree.
We are speculating
about a possible link to Cook's son John--just educated guesswork so
Less dramatic breakthroughs are happening
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2003
The LeValley e-mail
list at RootsWeb is now 3 years old. Progress this year has been
There are now 36
people subscribed to the list. Much of our effort has gone into
newly available 1930 census. The results--along with those from
now on the web page.
Research in the
various LeValley families has yielded this information:
Not much has happened--mainly
because I have been too busy with other things. Only one branch
a significant development:
For the fourth
year in a row, I have been contacted out of the blue by someone who
identify another of Gardner's daughters. That leaves three
Marc and I finally
got our charts completely into agreement--sharing everything we both
The Edna LeValley
report has been posted onto the web page.
A new contact sent
lots of additional names and dates.
We have speculated
on identifying Daniel LeValley of Bucksport ME as the vaguely known
Daniel who reportedly moved to the US and had children.
A researcher on
a totally unrelated topic contacted us, trying to identify a clipping
happened to have an article by Victor LeValley on the back. In
process, we learned about his career as a police reporter.
Bible and other
records of this family were added to the web site.
So it has been a
productive year or not--depending on which LeValley family you are
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2004
The LeValley list
at RootsWeb is now four years old, and we have 36 members. This
we got to see the 1910 census records for those states that were never
soundexed. That closes the final gap in the census records.
As the Rhode
Island Roots article on the movements of the Peter LeValley family
had grown ten years old, I updated it and posted it on our web
Other features added this year include a most wanted page, the Social
Death Index, LeValley authors, and the very few fragments on
In specific branches
of the LeValley families, we have made these breakthroughs:
daughter has been identified.
A Bible record
of the early California LeValleys has finally been located.
A descendant of
this line has recently identified the mysterious "Pony" LeValley as
LaValle (b. 1859 Quebec), son of Prosper. We are waiting to see
evidence. Assuming that it holds up, this is an important
We continue to refine
smaller details in other branches of the various LeValley families.
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2005
The LeValley group at RootsWeb has reached an
anniversary of sorts. We have been doing this for five years
now. When we first pooled our resources, we made some great leaps
of discovery. Since then, progress has slowed to a steady pace.
This year, our web site continued to grow, with
new pages on LeValley place names, veterans, and documents on the
Coldwater Michigan Orphanage family. We have also learned a
little more from the 1900 census as the every-name version became
Progress has varied from year to year in the
separate branches of the LeValley families. This year, we can
report the following:
Bonnie Knox is the first member of this branch to
join us. She brings with her the diaries of Lucinda LeValley
Snow, whose son wrote the all-important Snow manuscript on early
descendants of Peter LeValley.
A listing of the graves in Lansingville, Tompkins
County, NY has helped us tie up a lot of early loose ends there.
The last unnamed son of Cook has been tentatively
identified as William LeValley, who lies buried at Charlton NY.
We still don't know much about possible descendants.
After years of searching, we are once again in
contact with a living member of this tiny branch.
Relatives in Oklahoma continue sending details of
early family history there.
Marc has shared some updates on this large Ohio
REPORT--JUNE 1, 2006
The LeValley list at RootsWeb is now six years
old. We have 41 members with current e-mail addresses. Our
web site continues to grow. This year, we expanded our two
surname lists to full names, added a picture list, and added
abbreviated family trees.
a few months, the Godfrey Library made a couple
of powerful search tools available. We were able to harvest the
LeValley information on both before they disappeared from the
Internet. FindUSA enabled us to clear up two-thirds of our
mystery telephone list.
This research has convinced me that--except for the Xenia
LeVally/LeValley group--our days of discovering whole new lines are
past. We have accounted for most of the people out there.
search tool revealed several maiden names and later married names.
The Godfrey Library's no-longer-available file of small-town newspapers
yielded many details on LeValley settlements in California and parts of
Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. (More remains on the Xenia
Ohio group, but nobody got it before it disappeared.)
for a brief time, Ancestry.com made some lists
available. We were able to glean the 1870 census and World War I
draft cards. Their partial list of World War II veterans helped
us expand that list too.
we must acknowledge the legwork of Kathleen
Pettycrew, who spent part of her vacation checking out mystery LeValley
weddings in Las Vegas. Several families benefited from her effort.
Progress on specific lines happened mainly in the
Peter LeValley family. Judy Newman visited the original house in
West Warwick, RI, and reported that renters are not keeping the place
remaining two novels of the Freedom Quest trilogy have been
published. They are loosely based on early LeValley history.
living daughter of Burton LeValley of Colorado has
finally been located. Also the Godfrey Library's file of Los
Angeles Times articles turned up many juicy details on the LeValleys
Years of searching misspelled census records enabled us to
piece together much of Reuben LeValley's family in
Oklahoma. That branch had grown so large that I peeled off
the Oklahoma part (who have always spelled their name LaValley) and
made them a separate branch.
Descendants of the Philadelphia LeValleys are providing old photographs
and newspaper clippings.
LeValley e-mail list at RootsWeb is seven years
old. Even after the machinery recently expunged several obsolete
addresses, we have 45 active researchers on the list.
year, we have done much posting of census
information on our web site. Heritage Quest first made their
heads-of-household electronic indexes available for 1790-1820,
1860, and 1900-20. Some months later, Ancestry made available
their comparable indexes for 1830-40, and their every-name electronic
indexes for 1860
and 1900-20. Doing the smaller set first was not a waste of time,
index contains several names that the other missed. We have now
posted every census year in the fullest detail available.
Ancestry's expanded military database helped us
double our list of Korean War veterans.
Research on specific families happened mostly in the
Peter LeValley family this year. A brief subscription to
Genealogy Bank brought us more newspaper clippings--many from Rhode
Island. We also made progress in these branches:
A military record of James has been found--but still
not for the Revolutionary War.
The Bible records of John Jr. and his son
Christopher came to us in a very roundabout way--having passed through
the hands of very distant cousins descended from each of the original
Newspaper clippings gave us a little more
information about Cook's presumed son William.
have been contacted by an apparent
descendant of the elusive Reuben LaValley of Oklahoma.
firm links is difficult because we are dealing with two or three
generations of people who married frequently, and seldom listed the
The Rhode Island newspapers revealed more about
Caleb's estranged marriage.
Not much has been reported this year from the other LeValley families.
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LeValley home page.
The LeValley list at RootsWeb is eight years old,
and we have reached a milestone of 50 active researchers.
This year, we slightly expanded the books page on
the LeValley web site
by identifying the initials of contributors to scientific journals.
Specific progress has happened in three different
Judy Newman sent her fine picture of the original
LeValley house in
West Warwick, RI, and I turned it into a card. We have also
received tombstone pictures of Christopher's descendants in both
Lockport NY and Fairgrove MI.
A major breakthrough here. We had long been
aware of Daniel's
descendants, and of his origin in Alderney in the Channel Islands.
A few years ago, we learned that two of his brothers and their
widowed mother accompanied Daniel to the Quebec area. Now new
research by Shelley Murray reveals that nearly all of the ten siblings
eventually came, though at
least one nephew's family remained in Alderney for several more
We were contacted by a woman whose mother's dying
wish was that the
World War II navy ring of her long-ago sweetheart, Victor LeValley Jr.,
be returned to its original owner. With Elise's help, we were
able to connect the woman to Victor's wife, who gave him the ring as a
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2009
The LeValley list at Rootsweb is nine years old, and
membership has dropped slightly to 49.
The big endeavor this year has been our DNA test
sampling of almost every LeValley family in America--plus most branches
of the larger families. While we wait for the last results to
come in, we can now see that the separate LeValley families are not
closely related on either side of the ocean. We still continue to
Preparing for the test brought renewed contact
between the various LeValley families. We have made progress in
these families and branches:
We learned details of Lorne's daughter in
Saskatchewan--a longstaanding mystery.
Judy shared Leonard's Bible records, which are now
on the web site.
Nina Arbios got me a copy of the Otterson family
book, which contains many LeValley details.
Brief access to online marriage and divorce records
in California and Nevada clarified some much-married LeValleys.
We have been contacted by a descendant of Reuben's
daughters with a few more fragments of information.
With so much information now known on the immigrant
generation, it seemed appropriate to add to our web site the records of
Alderney in the Channel Islands.
A few documents have been added to our web site.
We have made new contacts and cleared up a mystery
or two. Recently posted old Nevada newspaper clippings are
filling in details on one man the family knew little about.
In trying to arrange the DNA test, we came across an
adopted son with lots of updates on his near relatives.
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2010
The LeValley list at RootsWeb is now ten years
old--an anniversary of sorts. Membership remains steady at 49.
For the first time, we have a descendant of Peter LeValley's
grandson Peleg on the list.
But after last year's huge DNA effort, we have very
little progress to report this year. Footnote.com made its
newspaper archives available for a month, which was nowhere near enough
to sort through the more than 2,500 mentions at Dayton IA, where one
branch descended from Peter's grandson Cook settled. Wading
through those records continues.
Progress on all other lines has been small this
year. Yet we have come a long way since we began this list and
web site ten years ago.
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2011
The LeValley list at Rootsweb is eleven years old,
and membership remains steady at 49. This despite the fact that
Marc LaValley, the main researcher of the Xenia OH LeVally/LeValley
family, died during this past year. We have no progress to report
from that group.
The Peter LeValley family has seen mild advances in
most of its branches:
The LDS pilot program briefly allowed searches by
mother's maiden name. We found out what had become of some of the
LeValley girls who married and moved far away.
Peter>Christopher at Columbiaville MI
Important documents and pictures from the
Eleanor LeValley estate came into the possession of Paul LeValley.
We finally got to see the original Tibbits manuscript, and found
copying errors. Other researchers in this line straightened out
Phebe's maiden name.
Peter>Cook at Dayton IA
We finished wading through all the newspapers
at footnote.com--and learned lots more interesting details of daily
Peter>Peter Jr. in California
We found a skeleton in the family closet. The
Paradise Genealogical Society sent newspaper clippings of a sensational
murder trial that nobody in that part of the family had mentioned.
Peter>Peter Jr. in Oklahoma
A new contact sent some historic pictures.
The published ancestry of Nancy LeValley Davol
confirmed things we had already figured out by other methods.
Charles LeValley visited me, so we met for the
first time after years of correspondence. He made minor
corrections to that family tree.
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2012
The LeValley list at RootsWeb is twelve
years old, and membership has
dropped to 45. That has happened as people changed e-mail
addresses without telling us. No one new has joined the list
since November 2010. But we measure our success in
what we have learned and what we have shared. Knowledge is
cumulative, and we have piled up a lot in the last twelve years--ever
so much more than we could have without this list.
Brief access to the amateurish family trees people
have posted on
Ancestry brought us some death dates and second marriages--also a few
pictures. But the early parts of those trees are corrupted with
every inaccuracy floating on the Internet.
California voting records have clarified the
identities of a couple of
mystery women in the Peter LeValley family branch H, and the Prosper
Progress on specific lines:
We learned sadly that the
nineteenth-century addition to the original LeValley house has been
torn off. We also learned of additional children from Stephen's
second marriage, and some published history of the King family.
We have received old pictures
We have pushed back one more
We now have the dates of Prosper's
marriage has been cleared up.
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2013
The LeValley list at RootsWeb is now thirteen years
old, and membership remains steady at 45.
This year, the 1940 census indexes became
available, but they told us little that we didn't already know.
More valuable were the state censuses of New York, where they
kept such spotty birth, death, and marriage records.
The Peter LeValley family were delighted to hear
that the original house in West Warwick RI has been bought by people
interested in restoring what is left of it.
Other than that, this has not been a big genealogy
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2014
The LeValley list at RootsWeb in now fourteen years
old. There has been some coming and going, with membership
lately rising to 47.
There is not a lot of progress to report this past
year. We did find more examples of LeValley as a middle name.
In the Peter LeValley family (line of Peter Jr.), we
were able to untangle some Oklahoma records when we concluded that
there were two Ida LaValleys--probably sisters-in-law. That's the
only recent breakthrough in our research.
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2015
The LeValley list at Rootsweb is fifteen years
old--a milestone of some sort. Membership is holding steady at 48
people from several apparently unrelated LeValley families.
The only progress we have heard about this past year
has been in the Peter LeValley family of Warwick RI. Renovation
of the original house has apparently stalled, with pictures of the
stripped-down interior available online. We have been contacted
by a researcher on the life of Rev. Pigott (with whom Peter traded
houses), and are hoping he can locate the other house in Marblehead MA
where Peter lived first. We have received a few pictures of
descendants of Peter's youngest son Michael in Colorado. And we
learned more details about Michael's descendants when marriage records
from Colorado and Oklahoma became available online.
Ohio marriage records also became available at the
same time, but we have no report of anyone from the Xenia
LeVally/LeValley family checking them out yet.
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2016
The LeValley list at Rootsweb is sixteen
years old, and is holding steady at 48 members.
There has not been much genealogy work this
year, because I have been
busy moving and preparing my art history book for publication.
Ancestry has posted quite a few more
marriage records, so we were able to fill in some missing dates and
Peter LeValley family: A very interesting
old court case from Lockport NY
is now online, and reveals hidden details about one of the LeValley
I have not heard about research on other lines.
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2017
The LeValley list at RootsWeb is now 17 years
old, and has grown to 51
members. Some recent people have joined without sending a letter
of introduction, so we don't know where they fit in or how to help
them. Will the following please let us know who you are and what
you are looking for? We can't help you until you do.
davidlevalley (not the David LeValley in Silverdale WA)
Work on the Peter LeValley family of Warwick RI is about to get
serious. Though new information continues to come in, I have
reached age 75, and need to put nearly 50 years of research into book
form. That will probably take a couple of years. If you
have old pictures, now is the time to send them to me.
John LeValley of Warwick RI married twice, to Hester (probably Cooke)
and Anne (probably Greene). This year, we have examined Internet
have identified Hester's parents, and found them unconvincing. On
other hand, some old evidence has surfaced to bolster the liklihood
that Anne's maiden name really was Greene.
We have just been contacted, for the first time, by a member of the
Coldwater Michigan orphanage LeValley family, who has expressed an
interest in our DNA testing.
The mysterious Ace LeValley of Sullivan Co. IL has been placed in the
equally mysterious George LeVally family of Nashville IL.
We have not heard from the large Xenia, Ohio
lately. Is anything happening there?
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2018
The LeValley list at RootsWeb is 18 years old, and
has 52 members. In January, RootsWeb shut everything down for
updating. Most parts are functioning again, but the LeValley web
page is still down after five months.
I am busy preparing my notes on the Peter LeValley family of Warwick RI
for publication. (This accounts for about two-thirds of all known
LeValleys in the U.S.) I predicted it would take me two years,
but I have been working at it for a year now, and I am not half done.
I can see now that it will be two volumes of about 600 pages
each. And this is only the male lines. I still don't have a
price. When pictures are available, I will use black-and-white
head shots of
individuals by their vital statistics. There will also be an
8-page color section. If anyone has old or recent photographs of
this family, please send them. I have requested
birth-marriage-death updates from all
ten branches of the family, and that process is complete on three of
them. Also some old documents have surfaced, shedding light on
the elusive Reuben LaValley of Oklahoma.
300 years ago, on April 21, 1718, Peter LeValley paid 20 pounds (a
hefty sum) for pew 3 of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Marblehead,
MA. That is the earliest piece of documentation we have on that
family. And it was 50 years ago this summer that I began working
on this project.
The LeVally/LeValley family of Xenia OH accounts for about one-sixth of
all LeValleys. We are joined by Joshua LeValley, who has found
names of three more generations stretching back into southern France.
have requested but not yet seen the supporting details; this could be a
big breakthrough. The only other LeValley family we can trace
back to Europe came from the island of Alderney in the Channel Isles,
and settled at Valcartier, Quebec. Peter LeValley of RI has long
been supposed to have come from the Channel Isles also, but we
have yet to find proof of it.
The remaining one-sixth of LeValleys fall into several small clusters,
unrelated so far as we know. The Coldwater Michigan orphanage
the largest such family who had not been tested for DNA. Now that
has been done, but they don't link up to any other known LeValley
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2019
The LeValley list at RootsWeb is 19 years old, and has dropped to 48
members. That is partly because RootsWeb has failed to keep the
list updated. (I know that at least one person has joined, and at
least 5 e-mail addresses no longer work.)
A year-and-a-half ago, RootsWeb shut down most of its pages for a
security update. This mailing list has sort of been restored, but
LeValley web page is still missing--despite several requests to get it
back up. Last July, I lost all patience with them, and posted
much (but not all) of that information on my personal web page:
Work continues on the book of descendants of Peter LeValley of Warwick
RI. But it is still a couple of years from publication.
Five of the ten lines are now updated. More DNA testing has
confirmed that one of Michael LeValley's grandsons must have been
adopted--and this affects many generations of his descendants.
I have found a lot of current pictures on the Internet, but still
need ancestral portraits. Please send scans if you have any.
I have gone through all 1300 LeValley references in the books at
the LDS site, filling a few important gaps. Another of Gardner
LeValley's daughters has been identified, and I have traced a couple
more generations of the Waverly IA LeValleys to Minnesota and
California. The 2-volume
LeValley book will cost around $100. I'm not collecting money
yet, but it would be useful to know how many copies to print.
Please get back to me on how many your family need.
The small Coldwater Michigan Orphanage group of LeValleys are also
starting to talk about putting their information into book form.
Meanwhile, I have not heard one word from any of the other LeValley
families all year. Is anything else happening out there?
PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2020
LeValley list at RootsWeb is now 20 years old--except we are no
longer at RootsWeb. They quit hosting e-mail groups like ours, so
we had to move to https://groups.io/g/levalley. Only 26 of our 48 people made the
transition, so we are about half the size we were a year ago.
RootWeb did, however, restore our web site at http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~levalley/genealogy/. They had it down for more than two
So far, I am not aware of any LeValleys or LeValley researchers who
have died in the coronavirus pandemic. That will surely change.
Yet having all interruptions shut down has enabled me to work
full-time on laying out the Peter LeValley family history book, moving
faster than expected. I have reached the halfway point--with one
volume (688 pages) finished, and one to go. If I can continue at
speed, I hope to send the manuscript to the publisher at the end of
summer, and have books ready to purchase as Christmas gifts. The
has gone up since the last estimate--around $125 for the 2-volume set.
I don't need money now, but I do need an accurate count of how
order. Let me know how many your family needs. (If you are
different LeValley family, you of course don't need any.)
I have heard nothing about progress in the other LeValley families.